An outstanding example of Italianate architecture, built with a veneer of locally-quarried variegated Ionia Sandstone, standing proudly on a full 1-acre lot. The Blanchards christened the house “La Palistina” – the “little palace.”
The Carriage House
Sitting behind the Blanchard House, this 2-story brick building is presently used for storage. Plans are in the works to use the space to recreate a period workshop and a showcase for a carriage and cutter.
The Historical Marker
The Blanchard House is in the National Registry of Historic Places, as well as the Michigan Historical directory.
Looking through the heavy carved front doors, visitors are greeted with the elegant curved staircase and ornate porcelain-and-brass lamp that tops the newel post.
One can imagine a high-society Victorian gathering in the large main parlor with its 12-foot ceilings, huge shuttered windows, and impressive brass gasolere. This is the space where the Historical Society holds most of their meetings and public programs.
Dining Room / Conservatory
Looking through the elegant dining room, the conservatory with its large, curved windows gives a comfortable feeling amid the formality of the rest of the mansion. The Historical Society rents this space for banquets and receptions.
IONIA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
251 East Main Street
P.O. Box 175
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Ph: 616-527-6281 *This phone is only checked periodically. Please leave a message with contact information.